chapter  2
Syllable, meaning, and word
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One of the features of Chinese is that each syllable is associated with a meaning. For example, the Mandarin word for bus station/train station or bus stop/train stop is 车站/車站 chēzhàn. The syllable 车/車 chē means vehicle and the syllable 站 zhàn means stand. Occurring together as a word, 车站/車站 chēzhàn is very nearly the sum of its parts: vehicle stand.